Supreme Court establishes Access to
Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady signed an order
Monday establishing the Iowa Access to Justice Commission. The new commission,
which was recommended to the court by the ISBA after months of investigation by
a study group, will establish a "concerted, sustained, and strategic effort” to
"safeguard the fundamental right of access to justice” for all Iowans,
according to the order.
The ISBA’s Jury Instructions Committee updated the
civil and criminal jury instructions which are effective this month. The changes in the
civil instructions impact instruction 100.2 related to juror biases, and
instructions 3120.1 to 3120.5 regarding workplace harassment and hostile work
environments. Instructions 3120.2 through 3120.5 are new to the chapter and
further define workplace harassment/hostile work environment.